It was a fierce competition among boxers from various countries across the continent, and a total of nine Nigerian boxers embarked on the journey to Dakar.
Impressively, eight of them advanced to the quarter-finals, and six managed to reach the semi-final stage, where three eventually emerged victorious in their respective weight categories to claim the gold.
The first Nigerian boxer to shine in the ring was Cynthia Ogunsemilore, who demonstrated her prowess in the Women’s 60kg category.
Facing off against Algeria’s Khelif Hadjila, Ogunsemilore left no doubt about her superiority, securing a remarkable unanimous decision victory with a score of 5-0.
This momentous win marked the first gold medal for Nigeria at the competition.
Joshua Omole continued the winning streak in the Men’s 57kg category, displaying unyielding determination while battling Ethiopia’s Leta Yadesa.
He eventually claimed a well-deserved unanimous decision victory with a score of 5-0 and won a gold medal in the featherweight division.
In an intense and thrilling final match, Adam Olaore competed against Algeria’s Houmri Mohamed in the Men’s 92kg category.
Both boxers exhibited extraordinary skill and determination, but in the end, Olaore’s unwavering spirit prevailed, securing him a split decision win with a score of 4-1.
This victory not only made him a 2-time African Champion but also solidified his place as the third Nigerian boxer to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
The outstanding performance of the Nigerian boxing team resulted in them picking up six medals overall.
In addition to the three gold medals won by the champions in their respective finals, Adeola Oyesiji secured a bronze medal in the flyweight division, Nene Ojo claimed bronze in the featherweight category, and Patricia Mbata earned bronze in the middleweight division.
The qualification of these exceptional Nigerian boxers marks a significant milestone for the country, as it secures its place at the Olympics for the first time since 2016.
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